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Screenagers.pl 100 Best Album Of The 1980s


1. The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
2. Joy Division - Closer
3. The Cure - Disintegration
4. Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
5. Talking Heads - Remain In Light
6. Pixies - Doolittle
7. R.E.M. - Murmur
8. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
9. XTC - Skylarking
10. The Jesus & Mary Chain - Psychocandy
11. Talk Talk - Spirit Of Eden
12. Tom Waits - Rain Dogs
13. The Jam - Sound Affects
14. Sonic Youth - Sister
15. Echo & The Bunnymen - Ocean Rain
16. Husker Du - Zen Arcade
17. Talk Talk - The Colour Of Spring
18. Elvis Costello - Imperial Bedroom
19. U2 - The Joshua Tree
20. Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes
21. Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones
22. Pixies - Surfer Rosa
23. Galaxie 500 - On Fire
24. Minutemen - Double Nickels On The Dime
25. Dinosaur Jr. - You're Living All Over Me
26. XTC - English Settlement
27. Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love
28. New Order - Technique
29. The Go-Betweens - 16 Lovers Lane
30. The Replacements - Let It Be
31. Wipers - Youth Of America
32. U2 - War
33. The Smiths - The Smiths
34. The Replacements - Tim
35. The Cure - The Head On The Door
36. The Teardrop Expolodes - Kilimanjaro
37. Cocteau Twins - Treasure
38. The Fall - This Nation's Saving Grace
39. Sonic Youth - EVOL
40. Brygada Kryzys - Brygada Kryzys
41. New Order - Power, Corruption & Lies
42. Dead Kennedys - Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables
43. Bauhaus - In The Flat Field
44. The Cure - Pornography
45. Brian Eno & David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts
46. Spacemen 3 - Playing With Fire
47. Siekiera - Nowa Aleksandria
48. Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking
49. Bruce Springsteen - The River
50. Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
51. Lech Janerka - Historia Podwodna
52. My Bloody Valentine - Isn't Anything
53. XTC - Black Sea
54. The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms
55. Big Black - Songs About Fucking
56. This Heat - Deceit
57. The Waterboys - This Is The Sea
58. R.E.M. - Document
59. Lou Reed - New York
60. Prince - Purple Rain
61. The Wedding Present - Bizarro
62. The Church - Starfish
63. Television Personalities - And Don't The Kids Just Love It
64. Elvis Costello - Get Happy!!
65. Talking Heads - Little Creatures
66. R.E.M. - Reckoning
67. This Mortal Coil - It'll End In Tears
68. The Police - Synchronicity
69. Kraftwerk - Komputerwelt
70. Big Black - Atomizer
71. Depeche Mode - Music For The Masses
72. David Bowie - Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)
73. Paul Simon - Graceland
74. Dexy's Midnight Runners - Searching For The Young Soul Rebels
75. King Crimson - Discipline
76. Republika - Nowe sytuacje
77. Nine Inch Nails - Pretty Hate Machine
78. The Chameleons - What Does Anything Mean, Basically?
79. The Soft Boys - Underwater Moonlight
80. Roxy Music - Avalon
81. Gang Of Four - Solid Gold
82. Nirvana - Bleach
83. Klaus Mitffoch - Klaus Mitffoch
84. Soft Cell - Non Stop Erotic Cabaret
85. Aztec Camera - High Land, Hard Rain
86. Metallica - Master Of Puppets
87. Midnight Oil - Diesel & Dust
88. Public Image Ltd. - Second Edition
89. Glenn Branca - The Ascension
90. Kult - Spokojnie
91. Magazine - The Correct Use Of Soap
92. The Triffids - Born Sandy Devotional
93. Peter Gabriel - III
94. Duran Duran - Rio
95. Minor Threat - Out Of Step
96. Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction
97. Ultravox - Vienna
98. Michael Jackson - Thriller
99. Black Flag - Damaged
100. Nick Cave - Tender Prey

Re: Screenagers.pl 100 Best Album Of The 1980s

This is one of the best 80's lists I've seen. Kudos for giving the props to Polish albums and some criminally underappreciated artists like Talk Talk.

Note for indie zines:
Make more lists. Rolling Stone or NME throw at us another "best albums of all time" list every couple of years, we need to put up some resistance.

Any 80s List...

missing Like a Prayer[/i] is thumbs down!

Kate Bush is the only solo female! And Sonic Youth the only other act included to include a female. (I may be missing a couple of acts that may include a female, but you see my point).

Yeah, it's a man's world, but c'mon- I mean, *at least* throw in 5-6 female albums.

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Eh, I'm not so sure about this list. It's got a lot of great albums on it, including some personal favorites, but it's not very diverse or representative of the decade. JR points out the lack of women, although have you ever thought of writing just one post that wasn't related to Madonna? On second thought, don't; we wouldn't want the world to end . But there is also a disturbing lack of black artists on the list. Prince and Michael Jackson (and he almost doesn't count) are extremely low, and where's rap? Only white boys the Beastie Boys are on the list that I could see. No Public Enemy, Run DMC, NWA, De La Soul, etc ... The demographic of this list reminds me of a Republican Party convention.

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This is a Polish list, Rocky Raccoon. So the lack of rap is perhaps understandable. Rap is a very lyrics oriented genre of music, and if English isn't your primary language, even if you can speak it well, chances are you won't enjoy it quite as much, plus in Poland you can hardly relate to what they're rapping about. As for women other than Madonna I can't think of any that would belong on such a list.

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For the sake of comparison, here are all the female artists that rank in the top 100 for the decade on acclaimed music. [this includes bands with female members, I might have missed a few, this was from the top of my head.]

5. Talking Heads- Remain in Light
12. Pixies- Doolittle
15. Sonic Youth- Daydream Nation
17. Pixies- Surfer Rosa
25. Pretenders- Pretenders
31. Human League- Dare!
40. The Pogues- Rum, Sodomy and the Lash
41. Kate Bush- Hounds of Love
42. Richard and Linda Thompson- Shoot Out the Lights
43. New Order- Technique
54. Madonna- Like a Prayer
56. Tracy Chapman- Tracy Chapman
61. X- Los Angeles
68. New Order- Low Life
84. X- Wild Gift
92. Tina Turner- Tiny Dancer

There are 16 total, of course of those 16 only 5 had a female member who was the driving force behind the artist/band [25, 41, 54, 56, 92]. So perhaps the 80's really wasn't the best decade for women?

Still, I would have like to have seen more rap. I'm sure the language barrier counts for quite a bit, but how does that explain the absence of artists like De La Soul, who were often times melodic and experimental with their music? I mean, they had the Beastie Boys, who are probably the closest artist to De La Soul stylistically.

Overall though, I like the list.

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I fully understand your point about hip-hop records, a few of them would do the list good, but the first thing is what Jacek said and the second thing is that screenagers is a very guitar-indie-oriented source, so it comes as no surprise that it concentrates on post-punk acts rather than Madonna or De La Soul.

Re: Screenagers.pl 100 Best Album Of The 1980s

Although it would could be healthy for Screenagers' writers to broaden their taste a bit, I don't think they should pretend to be anything else than a guitar-indie oriented webzine if that's what they like.

And if we talk about a wider taste we should talk about Astor Piazzolla and King Sunny Adé as much as we talk about Public Enemy and De La Soul.

Thanks ka!


I have made posts that didn't include Madonna, but since she is about as big as they come in terms of influence and being celebrated, why not talk about her a lot?

Jacek, you may not be a big fan of Madge, but surely you recnognixe that Like a Prayer is one of the 80s acclaimed efforts.

Re: Screenagers.pl 100 Best Album Of The 1980s

asking jr to not talk about madonna would be like asking him to stop peeing.

anyway, this is like most critics lists; male and white.

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Well, I actually like "Like a Prayer" a lot, was in my top100 in last year's poll I think. If you read carefully you will notice I wrote "Women other than Madonna". Also I meant women who are not already on the list.

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I would rank Edie Brickell and New Bohemians SHOOTING RUBBERBANDS AT THE STARS as one of these. And it's also a woman fronted band...that isn't Madonna.

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There's a lot of great stuff near the top of the list, but where the hell are the Pixies?

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Um, the Pixies are at #6 and #22, respectively...